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IBM CICS VSAM Recovery for z/OS

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Automate data recovery after physical or logical corruption for decreased offline processing, minimized outages, and reduced compliance risk

IBM® CICS® VSAM Recovery for z/OS® automates data recovery after physical or logical corruption occurs. Recovery replication logging capabilities provide continuous availability for both mobile and traditional workloads. You can recover from errors more quickly, decrease offline processing, minimize application outages and reduce compliance risk. Respond faster to major outages, and improve operational efficiency by using fail-over resources. And support for replicating VSAM data for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex® (GDPS®) Active/Active continuous availability shares applications and data between two data center sites.

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Recover critical data Retrieve your data automatically following physical and logical corruption.
Recover updates Get back your latest changes made by CICS® transactions or batch applications.
Reduce downtime Respond quickly even when VSAM data is unavailable.
Get operational efficiency Maintain continuous availability for CICS® and batch VSAM data.
Share applications and data Leverage IBM® CICS® VSAM Recovery for z/OS® support for replicating VSAM data for GDPS® Active/Active continuous availability to run and share applications and data in two data center sites.

Key features of IBM CICS VSAM Recovery for z/OS

Recover physically corrupted data Use the CICS® VSAM Recovery (CSAM VR) panel interface to construct a recovery job when your VSAM data had been physically damaged or lost, as a result of a fire, flood or accidental deletion or overwriting. In a CICS® TS or batch environment, CICS® VR forward recovery restores the VSAM sphere from a logical backup, if available, and recovers all updates made by CICS® and batch applications since the backup was taken.
Recover logically corrupted data Use the CICS® VR panel interface to recover VSAM data from damage caused by logical corruption. Use the panel to build a forward recovery job. Specify forward recovery criteria to exclude any updates made, but are not required, to your VSAM data by CICS® transactions.
Recover updates made by CICS® transactions After forward recovery completes successfully, CICS® can reopen the data set. CICS® removes any incomplete units of work that exist in the forward recovered VSAM data set.
Recover updates made by batch applications CICS® VR treats each batch job step as a logical unit of work. CICS® VR forward recovers updates made by completed batch job steps only. It does not leave your VSAM data in an inconsistent state; for example, when only some updates made by a batch job step are forward recovered successfully.
Automate the recovery process and reduce downtime CICS® VR helps increase the responsiveness of your VSAM assets to fit your organization’s unique needs. Automatic recovery of critical data from physical and logical failures helps to reduce data set downtime.

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Other resources

CICS VSAM Recovery for z/OS data sheet
Reduce your risk with automated VSAM recovery management.
Branham Group paper on CICS Tools
IBM® CICS® tools: Customer ROI from Discovery, Optimization, and Enablement Outcomes.
CICS VR Version 4 Redbooks
Learn more about how to recover CICS® and batch VSAM data from physical or logical corruption.

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Modified date:
27 August 2020